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On a warm summer day, Jessica and Clayton married at the beautiful White Iron Ridge in Smithville, Missouri. The skies were a bright blue, the same shade the couple had chosen to represent their wedding day. It was perfect. Every detail had been carefully planned: from Jessica’s stunning blue heels that parallel her flawless fashion […]

White Iron Ridge | Jessica and Clayton

bride and groom sunset portraits in kansas city white iron ridge

July 8, 2022

The shoot I had been dreaming about. For months, I sat with an idea in my head of doing a styled shoot that encompassed all of my favorite things. A representation of my brand and who I am. From the color palette, to the gowns, to the smallest details, I had planned something that brought […]

Oakwood Country Club | Styled Shoot

May 25, 2022

Carrie and Peter’s wedding took place on what turned out to be a beautiful Spring day. After days of rain, the clouds moved away, letting the sun peak through. They got ready separately, but both within the walls of the home they share, a personal touch that always warms my heart. Portraits were taken around […]

The Stanley Event Space | Carrie and Peter

May 21, 2022

Tucked away in its own little space of northern Kansas City, the Chateau Avalon hotel sits alongside its newest companion, the A-Vent Space. A structure comprised of steel and glass, surrounded by vast emerald green trees. While the architecture lends itself to that of a European getaway, the midwest air was warm and humid. Touches […]

A-Vent Space – Vignette II | Monica and Blake

June 27, 2021

This eclectic-boho shoot boasted with warmth; the warmth of the color palette, the warmth of the air, the warmth of smooth bourbon. Accents of tangerine and cactus were a nod to the heat of summer, while touches of mahogany and scarlet brought notes of cozy autumn days. Newly-engaged couple, Isaac and Darrell, lingered by the […]

A-Vent Space – Vignette I | Isaac and Darrell

June 27, 2021

Hello! I’m Leila, owner and photographer for Elle Marie Photography, and I’m so happy you’ve made it here. When it came to my own wedding planning, I was told by several vendors that before anything else, you pick your team based on the chemistry you have with them. Of course, their work is important, too. […]


January 10, 2020

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